Sunday, January 30, 2005

An Accessibility Frontier: Cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties

"Web accessibility and the notion of universal design are laudable and for many disabled people have resulted in significant benefits. Well made sites allow people with a range of physical disabilities to access goods and services and participate in activities with an ease that was denied them in the pre-web world.

However, the needs of the largest disability group in our community, those with cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties, appear to have slipped through the cracks to a large extent when it comes to website accessibility."

The aim of this paper is to offer some ideas on how websites might more effectively meet the needs of people with cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties. The paper will look at three issues:

- How the presentation of page content can be modified to make it more accessible.
- Design of site navigation systems.
- Tailoring content to the needs of different audience groups.

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